Serving up Summer Sips

With all the summer time backyard shenanigans and shindigs on everyone’s event calendar — be the talk of the town with these bright, beautiful, and shiny beverages.  Make sure you gather lots of adventure stories to share, because these drinks will make everyone want to stay a while. Snow Cone Refreshers Mocktail Mix — 1 quart each of your favorite colored snow cone flavoring 1 liter of tonic water Assorted fruits for garnish Directions — Open each quart of your favorite snow cone flavoring and pour it…

Springtime Sips

What is spring without a fancy drink to welcome in warmer weather? Early spring has the beginning of berry harvest season and the colors are divine, making any occasion cause to celebrate. After all, March comes in like a lion and your party skills should, too. Make a drink with me. Sit and chat with me for a spell. I want to hear all your news! Mixed Fruit Bellini Mocktail  A Berry Burst of Flavor Mix - 1/2 pint each of 3 fresh fruits in season (strawberries, raspberries, early peaches) 1 bottle of…

Destination Spring Brunch – Chef About Town

I will be the first to admit that once Christmas is over, I have an unrealistic expectation that spring should immediately present itself. Don’t hate me Heber, but winter is not my jam. Spring brings with it holidays, baby animals, renewal, and a buzz in the air that life is beginning again after a long winter’s nap. Like any hardcore foodie, I took to our streets to figure out brunch in our slice along the Wasatch Back — pun intended. Meg’s Timberline Café Let’s talk about Meg’s! Really, let’s just talk about Meg’s.…

Winter Sips

Winter is the perfect time of year for nostalgia and modern-day flair to come together. For me, creating elegant and tasteful drinks to share is a joy! I love reaching out to friends, old and new, with a heart-felt “Grab a drink, let’s chat!” It’s a great ice-breaker and conversation starter. Here are a few of my favorite concoctions for you to try — who knows, you might discover a new tradition to share. From my mad-genius recipe lab to your winter festivities — Happy Winter Wasatch! Winter Sangria Special A…

Heber Valley Grub

Winter and the holidays are so incredible to me! It is a time of pure happiness where the realities of everyday life go to hybernate alongside most of Mother Nature. Slowing down with family, friends, and traditions, is as time honored as Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the souls that consume a Chef’s food that make memories, feelings, and moments that encompass a good meal. With the holidays fast approaching and the winter hibernation upon us, I have some thoughts about building memories around more than just your home table.…

Fall Harvest Mixology

Fall Harvest is that special time of year where outdoor activities start to have a snap of chill in the air, and being social takes on new life indoors once the outside fun ends. The Wasatch Back has plenty of space to take your friends for a cocktail or mocktail happy hour with plenty of small bites to compliment your drinks. Our favorite places to snag a drink in this ole’ town are many, but you can just as easily make your favorite concoction at home with some ingenuity and in-season fall ingredients. Here are a few…

Autumn Adventures

It is hard to imagine that more could be written, said, or conveyed about The Sundance Resort. With over 50 years of history, it has a life force of its own that is well-known around the world. Reviews abound for this timeless spot along the Wasatch Back, but then again, the elegance of Sundance is its uncanny and vigorous ability to be exactly what you need, when you need it — a true chameleon while simultaneously an intimate and metamorphic experience. The nuance of Sundance is — it is always this way each time you visit.…

The Resurgence of Upscale Dinning

If you were to ask chefs around Anytown, USA, pre-pandemic, how they were feeling — most would tell you, “I’m tired. I’m not sure it is worth it anymore.” Prestigious food magazines such as Food & Wine and Fine Dining have written articles over the past two years expressing the consensus that Chefs have been struggling to fight what we affectionately call “the crush”. The crush is the predominant demand to stay relevant in the ever-changing world of trends and the newest “Best Of” list that seems to take on a life of…

Play Stay Dine Explore Shop

The lost art of a “staycation” needs to be dusted off and put back into circulation, and this summer is just the time to do it! For most, vacation means experimenting in new parts of the world. It goes beyond discovering but rather immersing ourselves in a pocket of memories carved out in one to two-week increments. The Wasatch Back is incredibly fortunate to be situated within minimal driving distance of everything from a quaint bed and breakfast to a swanky 5-star resort. Throw in some incredible scenery, and what…

Chef About Town

Keep an Eye Out For These Meals on Wheels and Grab a Bite This Summer Cucina Rustico · Taqueria Los Cunados · Yalla Food Truck There is something nostalgic about eating outside during the summer. Where I come from in the South, bare feet and something in your hand as you run through a park or sit at a ball game is the quintessential, hallmark movie moment that come to life. I think this is what I love most about tasting my way through the Wasatch Back; it reminds me that great food and good-hearted people make a community…